AllBlk: “Social Society”
Food Network: “Spring Baking Championship” at 9p
HBO: “Beartown” at 9p
Smithsonian Channel: “Legends of the Pharoahs” at 8p
IN THE NEWS
The Television Academy responded to industry outcry and has decided not to merge the Emmy variety sketch and talk categories. “While the Academy remains concerned about the number of series produced and the relatively small pool of entries in the variety sketch genre, it acknowledges that the differences between variety sketch and talk programs merit separate consideration,” the Academy said. The decision to combine the categories was announced in December.
NBCUniversal is holding a “Health is Universal” summit for the health industry on Thursday, February 25. The virtual event will celebrate the power of storytelling, innovation and human resilience. “Health is now front and center globally for both consumers and marketers,” said Mark Marshall, President of Advertising Sales and Partnerships at NBCUniversal. “This event will bring together the most influential storytellers and marketplace experts to offer a glimpse into the future of the health industry.”
Rep. Devin Nunes’ libel suit against CNN was dismissed by a federal judge. Nunes sued CNN over a November report tied to the first impeachment trial of President Trump. US District Judge Laura Taylor Swain wrote in her opinion that Nunes had failed to demand a retraction from CNN, and failed to plausibly claim the news net had engaged in a conspiracy to defame him.
Watchtime on social video increased 56% among US audiences from February-December 2020, according to the Tubular Winners 2021 report. Audiences went to broadcast media creators for entertainment and news, while digital-first media was a top destination for parents and kids. Among US men aged 45 and over, Fox News had the highest average monthly unique viewers, but for US women 45 and over, the Dodo was the top creator by that metric. Disney and ThSoul Publishing both averaged 644 million unique global viewers per month, tops among all media properties.
Peacock sketch series “The Amber Ruffin Show” will borrow the 1:30a time slot on NBC on Friday, February 26 and March 5, in place of repeats of “A Little Late with Lilly Singh.”
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HBO Max has ordered to series “Subject to Change,”
focused on a desperate college student who signs up for a clinical trial, setting in motion a harrowing adventure. Bad Robot is producing in association with Warner Bros. Television. J.J. Abrams and showrunner Jennifer Yale serve as executive producers, along with Bad Robot’s Ben Stephenson. Said Sarah Aubrey, Head of Original Content, HBO Max, “We cannot wait to bring this complex, eye-opening thriller to HBO Max. It will take viewers on an unexpected ride, showcasing the creative brilliance of J.J., Jennifer and the Bad Robot team.”
Benedict Cumberbatch (“Patrick Melrose”) will star in Anonymous Content’s limited series update of “The 39 Steps.” Cumberbatch will executive produce with Adam Ackland via their SunnyMarch. Writer Mark L. Smith and director Edward Berger will also serve as executive producers alongside Sophie Gardiner for Chapter One Pictures, Cliff Roberts for Syndicate Entertainment and Keith Redmon for Anonymous Content. Alfred Hitchcock’s 1935 film was the best known adaptation, though there have been four major film versions.
“Shell Beach,” an animated comedy about lifeguards from Fox Entertainment and Bento Box Entertainment, landed a script commitment from Fox. Tyler the Creator, Lionel Boyce and Davon “Jasper” Wilson (“Loiter Squad”) are executive producing.
Casting notes: Kerry Washington and Charlize Theron are onboard Netflix film “The School for Good and Evil,” an adaptation of the fantasy YA novel…Josh Lucas (“Ford v. Ferrari”) will star opposite Rose Rollins in Spectrum Originals drama “Long Slow Exhale.”…Tom Riley (“The Nevers”) landed the lead opposite Kristen Bell in Netflix’s “The Woman in the House.”…Samara Weaving (“Hollywood”) has been cast as Holly Madison in a limited series in the works at Sony Pictures Television based on Madison’s memoir, Down the Rabbit Hole: Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales of a Former Playboy Bunny…Eve (“The Talk”) will star in ABC pilot “Queens,” centered on four women in their 40s who reunite to recapture their ‘90s fame as rappers…Judy Greer (“Kidding”) is replacing Pamela Adlon (“Better Things”) in Showtime anthology series “The First Lady” (wt). Adlon had to bow out due to a scheduling conflict.
NEW & RETURNING SERIES
“Secrets of Sulphur Springs” drops on Disney+ Friday, February 26. Since its Disney Channel premiere, the time travel series has reached 3.5 million total viewers (P2+), and ranked as the #1 series across all basic cable with Girls 6-11 and is the #1 series on DisneyNOW. Its season finale debuts Friday, March 12, on Disney Channel.
The first two episodes of Apple TV+ series “The Mosquito Coast” start streaming Friday, April 30. The show stars Justin Theroux, nephew of Paul Theroux, who wrote the 1981 novel that inspired the 1986 film and drama series.
Apple TV+ also announced that season two of workplace comedy “Mythic Quest” will premiere Friday, May 7.
Two widowed parents find love, then combine their families in new Critical Content-produced series, “The Blended Bunch,” debuting Tuesday, March 16 at 9p on TLC.
The season eight reunion of “Below Deck” takes place tonight at 9p on “What What Happens Live with Andy Cohen.” Bravo promises surprising accusations and showdowns.
Throughout March, AccuWeather TV Network and accuweather.com are covering Women’s History Month with features showcasing women and their impact on history and the relationship with weather, outdoors and our environment. Segments will be twice a day, Monday-Friday at 7:40a and 6:40p. Stories will cover the Pack Horse Library, women librarians who traveled by horseback to deliver books during the Great Depression; an all-female fire crew who combat wildfires; and a Clara Barton/Red Cross profile.
“South Park” has another COVID-19 themed special, set to simulcast on Comedy Central and MTV2 on Wednesday, March 10. In “South ParkQ: The Vaccination Special,” a militant group will try to stop the boys from getting their teacher vaccinated.
Nick Jonas will make his debut as host of NBC’s SNL on Saturday, February 27, and also serve as musical guest, a spot he’s held twice before. The show comes ahead of the March 1 season premiere of NBC’s “The Voice,” where Jonas is a coach.
Kevin Bacon, Sterling K. Brown, Michael Douglas, Kyra Sedgwick, Susan Kelechi Watson, and Catherine Zeta-Jones have been added to the roster of presenters at this year’s 78th Annual Gold Globe Awards, airing Sunday, February 28 at 8p on NBC.
In more Globes news, Feeding America will be a philanthropic partner of the show. The official champagne of the Globes, Moet & Chandon, will support Feeding America with their “Toast for a Cause” initiative.
Robert Irwin, son of the late Steve Irwin and Bindi Irwin’s younger brother, is starring in an upcoming episode of animated kids’ series “Bluey,” airing Friday, February 26 on Disney Channel.
Canela.TV is taking a spin with Lexus to host a Latinos in Hollywood Movie Nights. Films featuring top Latino names in Hollywood will air Fridays, through March 15.
Amid complaints from viewers who see too many of the same ads on CTV, Vizio Ads has introduced a product that limits the number of times a viewer sees the same ad when an advertiser buys commercial inventory through the Vizio maker’s platform. “With this new frequency control offering, brands can use deterministic information to control linear and CTV advertising experiences at the device level,” said Travis Hockersmith, VP, Platform Business at Vizio. “This solves a major problem marketers face when diversifying and managing their reach to TV audiences. Most importantly it will make a much better experience for viewers at home.” Universal Frequency Control comes after Vizio brought its Inscapte data business further in-house.
Sky renewed comedy/drama “I Hate Suzie” for a second season. The show follows a famous woman working to rebuild her life after a phone hack revealed graphic pictures of her extra-marital affair.
iZen has announced its latest scripted project for the global market, optioning City of Marvels (La Ciudad de los Prodigios), and is now in development on a six-part series based on Eduardo Mendoza’s Spanish historical novel.
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Univision music show “Premio Lo Nuestro” was first among broadcast networks on Thursday among A18-49, with an 0.8 rating, and 2.53 million viewers.
For the week of February 8, the Discovery portfolio had 66 telecasts (41 different programs) across five different networks (TLC, Discovery, HGTV, Food Network and ID) each averaging at least 1 million total viewers. The portfolio was led by TLC’s “90 Day Fiancé” and “Sister Wives” (2.9 million and 2.1 million total viewers, Sunday night’s #1 & #3 cable programs, respectively); Discovery’s “Gold Rush” and “Gold Rush: White Water” (2.8 million and 2.1 million, Friday night’s top 2 non-news cable programs, respectively); HGTV’s “Home Town” (2.4 million, Sunday night’s #2 cable program, behind only sister net TLC’s “90 Day Fiancé”); and Food Network’s “Kids Baking Championship” (1.7million).
Broadcast Nielsen Ratings for Thursday, February 18
Show, P2+ millions, (A18-49)
ABC: “Celebrity Wheel of Fortune” 5.85 (0.*), “The Chase” 4.15 (0.6), “The Hustler” 2.58 (0.4)
CBS: “Young Sheldon” 7.48 (0.8), “B Positive” 5.04 (0.6), “Mom” 5.24 (0.6), “The Unicorn” 3.73 (0.4), “Clarice” 4.01 (0.4)
CW: “Walker 1.67 (0.2), “Legacies” 0.53 (0.01)
FOX: “Hell’s Kitchen” 2.82 (0.7), “Call Me Kat” 2.16 (0.5), “Last Man Standing” 2.29 (0.4)
NBC: “Mr. Mayor” 2.64 (0.5), “Young Rock” 1.80 (0.3), Law & Order: SVU” 3.99 (0.7), “Dateline” 3.20 (0.5)
Source: Nielsen live + same day time period averages
Yusuf Chuku has joined NBCUniversal in the newly created role of Executive Vice President, Client Strategy & Insights. Chuki was previously Global Chief Strategy Officer at VMLY&R. Additionally, Jenny Burke and Tom Stevens have each been promoted to Executive Vice President. Burke is taking on an expanded role as EVP, Advertising Strategy, while Stevens is stepping into the new role of EVP, Advertising and Partnerships.
MarcBuhaj has been appointed VP, Unscripted Series and Specials, Disney Branded Television. He was most recently SVP, Programming Manager and GM, Disney XD.
NIssa Diederich has been promoted from EVP Production for Touchstone Television to EVP, Production, 20th Television. She takes over the responsibilities of Jim Sharp, who will stay until the end of the year to assist with the transition.
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COUNSEL, BUSINESS & LEGAL AFFAIRS
Strong knowledge and understanding of legal and business issues related to media, strong negotiation and drafting skills and a solid understanding of business issues. Draft and/or negotiate a wide variety of agreements and contract summary/tracking/management. A minimum of two years of legal experience in a media and/or entertainment transactional environment either in-house or with a law firm is required. Full info HERE (3/7)
VICE PRESIDENT, GENERAL MANAGER >>
NEXSTAR INC., KRON4-MYNETWORK/SAN FRANCISCO: Leading broadcast operational teams with sales-driven organizations, developing locally originated content, and commitment to community service. Track record of high performance in developing revenue across multiple platforms. Minimum of five years of general management experience at a commercial broadcast television station with accompanying digital assets required. Full info HERE (3/7)
COMMUNITY MANAGER >>
JUKIN MEDIA/LOS ANGELES: Set overall community strategy as it relates to supporting brand initiatives, structure implementation of community-facing strategy across FailArmy, communicate on behalf of the brand across multiple channels. Min 3 yrs experience in brand communications, strong expertise in and a passion for current and emerging social and OTT platforms. Full info HERE (3/6)
DIRECTOR, CURRENT PROGRAMMING >>
JUKIN MEDIA/LOS ANGELES: Responsible for overseeing, guiding and elevating all programming for each of the Streaming TV channels, Works with VP Streaming to establish long-term creative programming strategy to achieve business unit KPIs. Plan and budget to help develop, help commission, and acquire programming for Jukin streaming channels. 7+ years in creative production for digital/streaming/television required. Full info HERE (3/6)
DIGITAL MANAGING DIRECTOR >>
SPECTRUM NETWORKS/NYC: Lead the talented and resourceful journalists, manage digital teams in multiple locations and editorial content; encourage innovation and unique story telling techniques. Impeccable integrity and ability to support our writers and editors in making tough journalistic calls in fast-moving news cycles. Full info HERE (3/6)
SENIOR MANAGER, NEWS & CONTENT >>
SPECTRUM NETWORKS/NYC: Actively and consistently support all efforts to simplify and enhance the customer experience, ability to oversee production of Live Newscasts. Drive integration and collaboration with other managers to achieve station goals. Work closely with other managers to determine daily scope of coverage. Full info HERE (3/6)
MANAGER, PROGRAM & CONTENT STRATEGY >>
CNN/NYC OR REMOTE: Creates schedules/rollout plans for series/films, live news, and special events on CNN & HLN. Manages inventory and evaluates performance to optimize usage. TV Programming exp, 5+ yrs. Can project manage/multi-task. Must know current events. Full info/apply HERE (3/6)
DIRECTOR OF PRIME TIME TELEVISION >>
THE JIM HENSON COMPANY/ HOLLYWOOD: Responsible for building out relationships with writers, directors, agents, managers, and talent in the prime-time arena, identifying new projects and talent in both comedy and drama for live-action and animation, and will oversee development of series to pitch A background in prime time television required and demonstrated knowledge of television development and production processes a must. Full info HERE (3/6)
VP of GAMING and ESPORTS >>
GRAVITY ROAD/NYC: Gravity Road is a creative company bringing together marketing, entertainment, and technology to create things people want to spend time with. We are looking for someone that is a commercially minded gamer, a strategic thinker and a proactive doer to join as our VP Gaming and Esports. Full info HERE (3/6)
TECHNICAL DIRECTOR >>
NEWSMAX MEDIA/NY, NY: Directs, co-develops/delivers locally prod programs and PSA for nat and inter’l audiences. Also oversees prod crew that produces regular, special and live shows related to various political, historical and other appropriate topics. Min 3 yrs exp in directing Live television news, studio-based programming or similarly related professional media productions. Full info HERE (3/6)
VIDEO ENGINEER & ROBOTIC CAMERA OPERATOR >>
NEWSMAX MEDIA/NY, NY: Exp in configuring and setting up all broadcast studio cameras both manned and robotic for daily use. Maintains network-level camera blocking and composition. Monitors/adjusts video signals including cameras, monitors, playback sources, color correction equip/incoming feeds. Min 4 yrs exp. Full info HERE (3/6)
FEEDS MANAGER >>
NEWSMAX MEDIA/NY, NY: Resp for managing tech/logistical traffic supporting live news shows. Full knwldge of video and tech workflow throughout all locations. Provide tech guidance to help create better video workflows. Ensure all broadcast feeds are meeting specific tech quality standards. Min 3 yrs tech managing, or equivalent knwldge. 5 yrs in live TV prod. Full info HERE (3/6)
GFX Op >>
NEWSMAX MEDIA/NY, NY: Must be able to set up and play out all graphic elements which are included in pre-recorded or live programming. Mnge graphic content as it corresponds to live and pre-recorded programs. Satisfy all production req for live and pre-recorded programming under the supervision of the show’s director and technical operations mngmt. Min 3 yrs of exp in graphic and character generation, plus 1yr exp with Ross Xpression. Full info HERE (3/6)
AUDIO TECHNICIAN >>
NEWSMAX MEDIA/NY, NY: Operate/executes audio mixing/creation for live and taped broadcasts, in the context of orig produced programs and PSAs. Collaborate with News depart and prod crew that produce regular, special and live shows. Generate timely and pertinent broadcast material. Min 2 yrs exp in graphic and character gen in television news, creative services, studio-based prog or related profession. Full info HERE (3/6)
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER >>
NEWSMAX MEDIA/NY, NY: Responsible for designing and building shows, managing show hosts and production team, identifying and integrating guests, overseeing and executing the production of key video & graphic elements. 3+ yrs EP exp or political news & talk programming. Full info HERE (3/6)
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER >>
NEWSMAX MEDIA/NY, NY: Write for fast paced news and opinion show. You are an exceptional storyteller with a command of political news and cultural trends. At least 3 years of national or large market local news experience. Full info HERE (3/6)
SENIOR LINE PRODUCER >>
NEWSMAX MEDIA/NY, NY: Responsible for the production and execution of live political news programming, and recorded video segments for television, and digital platforms. 3+ yrs experience line producing. Full info HERE (3/6)
NEWSMAX MEDIA/NY, NY: Responsible for the production of live news & talk show, and recorded video segments for television, and digital platforms. 3+ yrs in TV news and/or talk production. Full info HERE (3/6)
GENERAL SALES MANAGER >>
NEXSTAR/WPIX-TV/NYC: Proven performance record of revenue and share growth, new business development and innovative solution-based selling. Non-traditional revenue development along with best-in-class client services and unparalleled client relationships a must. Minimum of five years of sales management experience at a commercial broadcast television station with accompanying digital assets required. Full info HERE (2/28)
OTT PLATFORMS EXECUTIVE CONSULTANT >>
CASTIFY/REMOTE: Castify.ai, a global leader in CTV content distribution, allows video content owners to publish & monetize their content as a native app or channel, across multiple CTV and OTT platforms, is looking for a well-connected media consultant who can liaise with OTT and CTV distribution partners. The consultant will have the primary responsibility to extend the reach and lead the relationships with our OTT and CTV partners. Full info HERE (2/28)
SENIOR DIRECTOR, CONTENT ACQUISITIONS >>
FILMRISE/NYC or LA: Develop licensing and distribution partnership opportunities; Oversee company’s existing servicing partnerships business and identify new prospective partners. Minimum 5 to 7 years of experience in an acquisitions, sales, or business development role at a film or television company. Candidate should have existing network of content relationships across the industry. Full info HERE (2/28)
TECHNICAL OPERATIONS >>
FILMRISE/NYC: Support our IT team and manage our digital assets. We are looking for someone extremely detail-oriented with strong organizational skills. Previous experience with digital asset coordination is preferred, working knowledge of Premiere Pro required. Full info HERE (2/27)
VP ORIGINAL SERIES DTC >>
discovery+/LA: This D+ Original Content role will serve as a key member of the DTC Content Team, driving original content strategy and execution for discovery+. Must have at least 2 years streaming experience, excellent analytical skills, strong creative judgement, and be a great collaborator. Full info HERE (2/27)
LINE PRODUCER >>
JV PRODUCTIONS/REMOTE: Experienced PM or Line Producer needed to help command the production process for a new unscripted Reno & Build Series. You’ll manage logistics, balance vision with time & money, and strategize with others to ensure an efficient, fun, safe and high-quality production. Full info HERE (2/27)
SENIOR COUNSEL >>
FILMRISE/NYC or LA: Looking for New York or California bar member for drafting and negotiating content acquisition and distribution agreements, television contracts, releases, agreements with streaming platforms, software licenses, vendor agreements and NDAs. Must possess solid understanding of digital streaming platforms and contracts, and substantive knowledge of contract law principles. Full info HERE (2/26)
COORDINATOR, SOCIAL MEDIA >>
MEDIA CROWN FAMILY NETWORKS/STUDIO CITY CA: Will support Social Marketing initiatives through creating and gathering compelling content, assets, and graphics for all segments and platforms of our Social Media presence. Responsible for writing post/tweet copy to go with created assets, scheduling content, and making sure all assets are up to date. Liaise with other internal departments and agencies on all trafficking of assets, media buys, and fulfillment of giveaways. 1-2 years of experience in entertainment. Full info HERE (2/26)
MANAGER, LOCAL SALES >>
NEXSTAR MEDIA GROUP/INDIANAPOLIS: Development of new business and achievement of revenue goals. Makes decisions regarding hiring, evaluation, promotion, and termination of account executives and sales assistants. 3-5 years of television sales management experience is preferred. 5+ years television sales experience mandatory. Full info HERE (2/26)
DIRECTOR OF BRAND PARTNERSHIPS >>
TEAM WHISTLE/NYC/REMOTE: Win Revenue– prospect, connect with, and secure partnership from agency-led and client-direct branded partners. Educate the media market on the Team Whistle product line and generate revenue via selling video, branded content, and white-label solutions. Experience selling branded content, familiarity within the larger sports/entertainment media landscape, and 5+ years partnering with ad agencies and clients directly required. Full info HERE (2/25)
NEWS DIRECTOR >>
NEXSTAR MEDIA GROUP – KTLA/LOS ANGELES: Manages all aspects of the News Department (other than Production), plans and manages staffing, training, and performance evaluations for the News Department. Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism, or a related field, or an equivalent combination of education and work-related experience required. Full info HERE (2/25)
MANAGER, A&E STRATEGIST, SHORT FORM MONETIZATION >>
A+E NETWORKS/NYC: Digital content strategist to drive distribution and revenue for video content across key digital platforms, primarily A&E’s YouTube Channel. Strong project manager who will leverage data to drive decision making. 3-5 years’ experience working with digital video strategies at the brand/publishing level. Full info HERE (2/24)
SENIOR TALENT BOOKER >>
THE PALEY CENTER FOR MEDIA/NYC: Procure talent – research, invite and secure the highest-level speakers/panelists and moderators; book and produce unique and influential programs. 10+ years of programming experience securing high profile talent for industry, entertainment, sports and media programs and other special events on time and within budget. Full info HERE (2/24)
SENIOR DIRECTOR, DATA SCIENCE >>
NBCUNIVERSAL/NYC: Lead and manage a team of Data Scientists in the development of high-impact tools for ad hoc projects and on-going operational analytic platforms, partner with business leaders across NBCUniversal to identify, build, and implement capabilities to leverage advanced data science. Advanced Degree (PhD strongly preferred) with a specialization in Statistics, Computer Science, Data Science, Economics, Mathematics, Operations Research, or other equivalent quantitative fields. Full info HERE (2/23)
SALES PLANNER >>
UPTV/NYC: Work with advertising agency contacts and other advertising sales personnel to ensure that administration aspects of accounts are in order, build, revise and maintain all sales proposals for AEs. Bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university; at least 1+ years related cable experience preferred. Full info HERE (2/23)
|MONDAY FEBRUARY 22
ABC: “The Bachelor,” “The Good Doctor”
CBS: “The Neighborhood,” “Bob Hearts Abishola,” “All Rise,” “Bull”
CW: “All American,” “Black Lightning”
FOX: “9-11,” “9-11: Lone Star”
NBC: “Ellen’s Game of Games,” “Ellen’s Game of Games,” “The Wall”
PBS: “Antiques Roadshow,” “Antiques Roadshow,” “Independent Lens”
Telemundo: “Exatlon Estados Unidos,” “La Suerte de Loli,” “Busdandoa Frida”
Univision: “Vencer el Desamor,” “Imperio de Mentiras,” “Dulce Ambicion”